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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Dramatised) | [Agatha Christie]

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Dramatised)

This is the very first Poirot/Hastings story. Set in 1916, we meet Captain Hastings as he is invalided out of the Great War and goes to convalesce at Styles Court, the family home of his great friend, John Cavendish. By an extraordinary coincidence, billeted in the village is a brilliant little retired detective with an egg-shaped head, who made a considerable impression on the Captain when he was in Belgium. Styles is not a happy household and in the blistering summer heat, tensions mount.
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This is the very first Poirot/Hastings story. Set in 1916, we meet Captain Hastings as he is invalided out of the Great War and goes to convalesce at Styles Court, the family home of his great friend, John Cavendish. By an extraordinary coincidence, billeted in the village is a brilliant little retired detective with an egg-shaped head, who made a considerable impression on the Captain when he was in Belgium.

Styles is not a happy household and in the blistering summer heat, tensions mount. Even so, the tragic murder which occurs is not expected. The entire family is drawn into the case but with their reluctant permission, Hastings calls upon the services of the diminutive Belgian. Thus begins one of the great partnerships and friendships in the history of crime.

John Moffatt stars as Hercule Poirot, Simon Williams as Captain Hastings and Philip Jackson as Detective Inspector Japp, who already has reason to be indebted to the distinguished and unique hero of so many mysteries.

A destroyed will, a shattered coffee cup, an old envelope - such are the seemingly unrelated details surrounding the murder of Mrs Inglethorp, mistress of Styles Court. With a thoroughness that is to become legendary, Hercule Poirot, the methodical little Belgian, begins his first - and perhaps most fascinating - investigation.

Cast includes Philip Jackson, Nicola McAuliffe and Simon Williams.

©1920 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Where does The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoy the BBC radio dramatizations of the Agatha Christie novels. They are well done and the Mysterious Affair at Styes, is no exception.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is Agatha Christie's first novel. I read the book and then wanted to listen to the full cast audio. Really enjoyed the whole performance.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I was able to tell the different characters voices apart. All the actors were lively and engaging in character. Love, love all the background noises and side effects.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful way to relax in the evening after a long day.

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    Nikki 03-27-12
    Nikki 03-27-12

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    "Good addition to the series"
    If you could sum up The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

    Great series start


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Poirot is always my favorite. Although he is self important and vain, he is often put in his place by those who don't fall at his feet because of his intelligence. It keeps him humble.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have choosen someone with a younger, stronger sounding voice to be Hastings.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the dramatizations; the characters really come to life. I didn't really care for this recording's Hastings. He sounds old and dottering when Hastings is suppose to be relatively young and a good man in fight. His inflection was good (showing Hastings penchant for falling immediately in love with every beautiful woman in need). Otherwise I have no complaints.

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    "Good adaptation of a Christie Classic"

    This is a well produced dramatised version of the novel by Agatha Christie. The acting is good and it was enjoyable to listen to though I thought it could possibly have been slightly shorter.

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